Mushroom moqueca

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Preparation info

  • Serves

    4

    • Difficulty

      Medium

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Prue: My All-time Favourite Recipes

Prue

By Prue Leith

Published 2018

  • About

The traditional Brazilian moqueca stew is made with fish and is lovely. But when I made it with mushrooms instead, I thought it better. The strong flavours of the peppers, tomatoes, garlic and fried plantain rather overwhelm the seafood, but the mushrooms have the oomph to hold their own. It makes a good lunch dish, rather like a substantial soup. I like it with rice or mashed potatoes. But in Brazil it was served on its own and we ate it with a spoon.

Ingredients

  • 250 g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 200 g oyster mushrooms, sliced
  • about 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 spring onions, green and white parts kept separate, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, cored, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 heaped tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 300 ml unsweetened coconut cream
  • 1 plantain or green banana, sliced into 1 cm (½ in) rounds
  • juice of 1 lime plus wedges to serve
  • a handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • salt and pepper to season

    Method

    1. Fry the mushrooms in a small splash (about 1 tablespoon) of the coconut oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan over a high heat until tender. Lift them out into a bowl, add a little more coconut oil to the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Fry the white parts of the spring onions and the red pepper until soft, then add the garlic, chilli and paprika to the pan and continue to cook for a minute or two.

    2. Peel the tomatoes: using a sharp knife, cut a small slit in the skin of each tomato. Bring a pan of water to the boil, plunge in the tomatoes and leave for 15–20 seconds or until the skin starts to peel back where you made the slit. Lift them out and drop them into cold water to prevent overcooking, which would result in some of the flesh coming off as well as the skin. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, peel off the skin, cut each in half and scoop out the seeds with a teaspoon. Cut into wedges.

    3. Add the tomatoes to the spring onion and peppers in the pan and cook on a gentle heat, covered, for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft. Stir in the mushrooms and their juices, along with the coconut cream, gently stirring to combine.

    4. Meanwhile, heat a tablespoon of coconut oil in a separate frying pan over a medium-high heat and add the plantain slices. Fry until golden (about a minute on each side).

    5. Taste and season the moqueca with salt and pepper. Add the lime juice. Tip into a warm serving bowl, and sprinkle over the coriander and green parts of the spring onions. Serve with lime wedges and fried plantain.